Parish News

A complete calendar of events can be found at minorbasilica.org/calendar

Priest Assignments • Last Monday, Bishop Herzog announced a large slate of parish assignments for priests of the diocese which included leadership changes in fully one third of the parishes of our diocese. Both Fr. Ryan and Fr. Stephen will be moving along to new parishes. Fr. Ryan will become the pastor of St. Edward the Confessor parish and Fr. Stephen the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish. Fr. Blake Deshautelle, presently pastor of St. Joseph parish in Colfax and Fr. Brian Seiler, presently parochial vicar of St. Joseph parish in Marksville, will begin their assignments at Immaculate Conception on the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, June 29. Please take a moment to pray for our present and future priests and for the people of our parish during this time of transition. Receptions to say farewell to Fr. Ryan and Fr. Stephen and to welcome Fr. Blake and Fr. Brian will be organized for late June and early July respectively. 

Summer Office Hours • Our office will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. Beginning on Tuesday, May 31, the parish office will keep summer hours meaning that morning appointments are strongly preferred and that afternoon appointments may not be available. During summer, the office will be open for business Monday through Friday, from 8a to 12p. We use the summer afternoon hours for projects and planning and thus the doors may be locked and the phones may not be answered after lunch. All are asked to plan their business with Susan accordingly. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

Confirmation • Congratulations to all our students who have received the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation this year: Thomas Connor Dexter Balthazar, Behrend Brittain Behrendsen, Kate Elizabeth Dickson, Abigail Elizabeth Gardner, Reed Christopher Green, Madison Paige Henson, Abby Elizabeth Hubbard, Erica Hubbs, Elizabeth Eileen Jackson, Phyllis Teresa LeBlanc, Robert Yancy LeGrande, Elizabeth Lucile Long, Hannah Elizabeth Metoyer, Rylee Danielle Page, Madelyn Olivia Peluso, Cameron Owsley, Carli Brianne Raupp, Kari Celeste Taffi, Preston Tibbett, Mary Elizabeth Whitehead and Rylee Elizabeth Wyer.

Whatever Happened To… • The SMS Alumni Association is hosting a summer event to highlight and reconnect with SMS Alumns who have found success in interesting ways. The first event will take place on Saturday, June 4 will feature 1977 graduate Henry Chandler who has found great success as a chef and restraunteur in Acworth, Georgia. Henry’s Louisiana Grill and it’s signature dish, “Oh La La” have won numerous awards on the national stage. Henry will headline an adults-only evening of food andnostalgia to benefit the creation of a memorial garden at St. Mary’s. Contact Melissa Frye (318-352-8394, mfrye@smstigers.org) or Payne Williams (318-352-6695, willwill@cp-tel.net) for more information or for tickets. We hope to see you there!

Articles

From The Font

“I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread…”

For most of Human history, the “handing on” of wisdom in the form of stories and teachings was second nature. Honesty and integrity weren’t luxuries, they were the difference between life and death. An honest man was able to trade on credit at the market. He was able to promise pay to workers or tradesmen. He was able to offer his labor or to be trusted with tasks, money or flocks. He was worthy of consideration for marriage to one’s daughter. A dishonest man was shunned and had no place in society or business or joining a good family.

Honesty and credibility in the modern world has lost any connection with our humanity and so it’s no wonder that Faith has been replaced with a constantly changing pantheon of disposable idols each ascending and descending without any hope of stability or power to satisfy.

St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians are a remedy to this idolatry. They call for us put our trust in St. Paul’s word. Even though he wasn’t at the last supper, He received from Jesus specific instructions as to how the worship of God ought to be celebrated: the bread and, in like fashion, the chalice should be offered, blessed and eaten. 

The First Letter to the Corinthians was among the earliest written New Testament scriptures. It was probably penned by St. Paul in AD 53 or 54. Still, that was fully twenty years after the teachings had been in effect and fully 20 years before any of the Gospels would have been written down. And so for all that time, the entirety of the Christian Faith was “handed on” entirely on the word and credibility of the apostles and their delegates.

Today, as much as ever, the handing on of faith depends not upon an eloquent argument or a top-notch mobile app; it depends on the one doing the handing on. It depends on us! Despite the problems in the modern world, where Faith is handed on boldly and as an part of a well-lived life, religions thrive. Where we leave it to books and websites and “others” to hand on the faith, our Church is dying. Islam is thriving in the west not because it’s a good religion, but because it’s adherents believe it and share it. Christianity is thriving in Africa and India and in the East for the same reason. 

“Handing on” in conjunction with setting a good example and personal credibility is a truly human and profoundly powerful tool for sharing faith and for saving souls. From AA to the Catholic Church, personal interaction cannot be replaced or replicated. Nothing can hand on that which matters like a real person sharing real experiences out of love and genuine concern!

Insights from Second Street

From time immemorial, there were three great Thursdays in the Church. Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, the establishment of the Priesthood and the Institution of the Holy Eucharist from a markedly sombre perspective. The feast of the Ascension commemorates the promise of Jesus to “remain with [us] always, even until the end of the age” and the mandate to the apostles to wait until “power from on high” descends before beginning the work for which they were being prepared. Finally, Corpus Christi Thursday brings together Holy Thursday and Ascension Thursday into their logical conclusion - that Jesus sacrificed Himself on the Cross in order to establish the Eucharist and that He ascended away from our senses so that we would recognize what He established in that Holy Eucharist. He intends to remain with us through invisible miracles rather than visible ones because “blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” 

Jesus “fully reveals man to himself” and so it is only in seeking the Lord in Himself rather than in seeking Him for a miracle that we can hope to be saved. We find in the Gospels numerous moments where people have come to Jesus looking for something physical like the Samaritan Woman and her water or Herod and his miracle or the crowds looking for food or miraculous healings. Over and over again, Jesus challenges these people to seek that which the senses cannot perceive. Notice He challenges them to seek because none of us can find that faith in “things unseen” on our own. We need only look to our world to see the result of trusting in our own “depth.” It is only in the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to perceive the workings of God beyond our senses. 

These three great Thursdays draw us to an essential reality of Christianity which has been lost in the last few years - that our faith is not something that happens on Sunday. If our faith begins at the Church door and ends in the same place, then our faith is, at best, self-serving. The Holy Eucharist is not given to us for us… Rather, it is given as food for the journey. It is give to us as mission. In the Gospel for Holy Thursday, the apostles have their feet washed and they are fed with the Holy Eucharist and then Jesus leads them out to begin their work. In the Gospel for Ascension Thursday, the angels tell the apostles to stop standing around looking into the sky, rather, then should get to work. In the traditional readings for Corpus Christi Thursday, St. Paul says that only those who are in a state of grace should receive Holy Communion and the Gospel is taken from the sixth chapter of St. John’s Gospel - the profound “Bread of Life” narrative - in which Jesus tells those who follow Him that his body is true food and His blood is true drink. Taken as a whole, we see a kind of motion from the Death of Jesus to His Resurrection to the way in which we are to live our lives - ready to receive the Lord and to live daily in the power of the Holy Spirit which flows from that reception.

On this Corpus Christi Thursday Sunday, may we all conscious choose to live our faith every day - not just Sunday - and hunger and thirst both for the Holy Eucharist and for mission for which it prepares us!

Intentions & Dedications

Mass Intentions

  • Sat 4p Sadie & Red Thomas, Joe & Eleanor Wertelers, Calvert Scott
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Emma Pitcher
  • Sun 11a Richard Ragland, DorlineSparks, Mary Ann Fredieu Gongre, Agnes Sklar
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo
  • Mon 6:30a Mary Jeanne Doherty
  • Tue 6:30a Antonio Esparza
  • Wed 6:30a Aubrey Ray Ford
  • Thu 6:30a Mary Francis Gilcrease
  • Fri 6:30a John D. Howell
  • Sat 8a Brooke & Clay Hennigan
  • Sat 4p Eugene Doll, Lester & Cothilde Hughes, Red & Leola Walmsley
  • Sat 5:30p Justin Wyatt
  • Sun 9a Johnny Batten, Judy Risty, Mary Moss, Sadie Stroud, Harry Gongre, Jr., Dr. Connie Bacon
  • Sun 11a Shirley Ragland
  • Sun 5p Pro Populo

Our Sick & Recently Deceased

Lolette Allen, Teresa Arafa, Maudie Baranowski, William Lynn Basco, Gene Baudion, Chad Bouchie, Mary-Lou Brasher, Marion Brossette, Flo Brouillette, Darlene Bynog, Bailey Byrd, Fulton Clark, Carolyn Carter, Marie Charleville, Emilia Cofio, Peggy Cooper, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, Dekeyser, John & Esther Dobernig, Jayce Estep, Angela Eversall, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Kramer Gahagan, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Maddie Gardner, Anne Giering, Sophie Gill, Andy Harrington, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, Jean Jordan, Isabelita & Michael Kearney,Gary Kilgore, Mary LaCaze, Angelette LaCour, John LaCour, Samuel Lane, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Irene Lynche, Brittany MacBrown, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Danny Manuel, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Gary Murphy, Shane Niette, Cecil Odom, Mary Odom, Sue Prudhomme, Sharon Roach, Tucker Roe, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Krista Sklar, Donna Slaughter, Meredith St. Andre, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Mariano Timotio, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Charlene White, Glen & Mary Williams, Laura Young & Melinda Zolzer